Sir Ben Kingsley is unrecognisable in a Turban and beard. Brooklyn New York.
The Oscar-winning actor looked unrecognisable in a Sikh turban as he begun filming the indie drama Learning To Drive in Brooklyn with co-star Patricia Clarkson.
Sir Ben Kingsley, CBE – born Krishna Pandit Bhanji – plays instructor Darwan, a Sikh, a political refugee from India who is teaching newly separated Wendy to drive.
Wendy, a self-absorbed New York book critic, is thrown into shock when her husband leaves her abruptly for another woman. A bitter divorce ensues.
He tries to be patient with his student, who is coming apart at the seams before his eyes.
Meanwhile, Darwan is contemplating an arranged marriage to a woman he has never met.
Today, the movie is filming at 8th Ave and St John’s Place in Brooklyn.
The film is based on a Katha Pollitt personal essay published in The New Yorker in 2002 about the bi-weekly driving lessons she had with her Filipino driving instructor.
Daily mail, 23rd August 2013.